Apps that appear legitimate but are actually scams set up to steal customers’ money are proliferating across Apple’s App Store, and the company is moving quickly to remove them before it turns into a PR disaster.
Apple is infamous for its iron-fisted control over which apps are made available for purchase on its App Store. In the last week, however, more than 10 apps that appear to be legitimate bitcoin wallets—where users of the cryptocurrency store their coins—but are engineered to siphon away those coins when they input their information, have made it through Apple’s vetting process.
The apps, first identified in several posts on Reddit, appear to use portions of the source code for legitimate bitcoin wallets like Breadwallet in order to appear aesthetically identical to unsuspecting customers. One Reddit post by “breadwallet_dan” noted that “a few users who inadvertently downloaded the fake app have reported having funds stolen from it,” although the exact number of people affected isn’t clear. Scam wallets that are designed to look like those offered by companies such as BitGo and Coinbase have also been reported.
“We talked with one customer who claims to have lost about $10,000, and